Take to the internet! Or so goes nearly all platform-building advice, at least all the advice I've heard since I came to the world of writing in 2013. I'll admit I was a social media skeptic for a time. How are we supposed to focus on our writing if we're also meant to be tweeting… Continue reading “Nice follower count you’ve got there. Sure would be a shame if its value were diluted.”
This is a topic that rears its head from time to time in the writing community, and it was recently reignited on Twitter after a creative writing teacher told one of his students the below. https://twitter.com/26LetterWorlds/status/1152001467647004672 Yikes. Not only is this bad advice, it's downright harmful and discouraging to the community at large. Though it… Continue reading The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Received
On the longest day of the year, my wife and I set off on a westward trek across five states and countless cities. From La Crosse to Rochester to Sioux Falls to Gilette to Missoula (and so many places in between), we took in the wildlife, played 90s Trivial Pursuit, and listened to the Hamilton soundtrack ad nauseam.… Continue reading What I Learned About Writing by Not Writing in Montana
Otto? Otto! Come on, man. Here we are again---you, me, and an earnest attempt to improve your manuscript stymied by a relentless outpouring of "yeah, buts," "I don't knows," and blank stares. Why even bother asking for an extra set of eyes on your work if you don't plan on considering anything anyone says? You're… Continue reading Dammit, Otto, You’re a Roadblock Writer
You weren't selected for RevPit? Me neither. No, seriously, I wasn't---and not because I was an editor as opposed to an entrant. I, too, submitted to the annual RevPit event in April 2017, and, much like you, walked away with nothing. Except that's not true. Not even close to it, in fact. It can be… Continue reading You weren’t selected for RevPit. Now what?
Fellow author H.A. Lynn was kind enough to host a post about the evolution of Imminent Dawn over on her website! In it, I explore my relationship to the story as if it were, well, an actual relationship. Here's a fun teaser quote from the article for you. After breaking things off with The One That Wasn’t,… Continue reading Author H.A. Lynn Hosts Imminent Dawn
Since formally launching my editing services, it's been my pleasure to help dozens of writers hone their craft and build their confidence. As my client list has expanded, so has my knowledge and insight into how to best help writers achieve their goals for their manuscripts. These factors---coupled with a sharpening of my own approach… Continue reading Reserve Editing Services Now: 2019 Pricing Cometh!
Between soccer injuries, car wrecks, getting married, and signing my first two publishing contracts, 2018 has been a heck of a year. Throughout it all, I've viewed my daily writing time as one of the only constants in which I could find solace, one of the only things around which I could center myself to… Continue reading It’s Okay to Take a Break (I Promise)
Poet and creativity coach Sarah Sadie provides strategies for finding time to write and reframing our understanding of what it means to make progress in our creative endeavors.